Five Oakland Athletics’ Offseason Targets: Left Field

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Jul 2, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Red Sox right fielder Alejandro De Aza (31) reacts to a hit during the first inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Boston Red Sox won 12-6. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Alejandro De Aza: 31 years old

Position: Outfielder

Bats: Left, Throws: Left

Height: 6’ 0”, Weight: 195 lb.

Since getting a full-time starting shot in 2012 with the Chicago White Sox – and on a more personal note: my fantasy baseball team – Alejandro De Aza has quietly been one of the more consistent left fielders in the American League. Over these past four seasons, De Aza has slashed .265/.330/.405 while also providing some added pop at the top of the lineup. While this know speedster likely won’t reproduce his 2013 production of 17 HR’s (which occurred at the hitter-friend U.S. Cellular Field), he still has the ability at 31 years of age to put the ball out of the yard. While his strikeout numbers have been a little concerning (100+ from ’12-’14), he has made great strides this year cutting down on them (84). Also, he provides defensive versatility, having the range/arm to play all three outfield positions. His current contract is just $5 million and for someone who hasn’t had a history of any major injuries, he could be a relatively cheap addition to the A’s.

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